Last Thursday we had a Teddy Bear (or other stuffed friend) Sleepover at the library. The fun started at 6:00 p.m. with a bedtime snack (Teddy Grahams or Goldfish with milk or pink lemonade) and a few stories.
As the kids came in, we asked them each to take a sleeping mask for their stuffed animal. They wrote the name of their friend on the front and the child’s name on the back. This helped us to identify who was who and who belonged to whom. To make them, I just cut out a sleeping mask shape from cardstock scraps. I punched a hole in either side and tied ribbons to each side. Big Boy is pictured on the left, modeling a mask.
Interrupting Chicken by David Ezra Stein. Our lovely volunteer Miss Allison read this adorable book. Little red chicken can’t possibly go to sleep without a bedtime story, but she just can’t seem to stop interrupting the stories that Papa tries to tell her.
Llama Llama Red Pajama by Anna Dewdney. Always a favorite. This book not only fit in with my “Can’t Sleep” pajama theme, but it was also a good way to address any reservations the kids might have about leaving their stuffed animals overnight.
How Do Dinosaurs Say Goodnight? by Jane Yolen and Illustrated by Mark Teague. Our teen volunteer Miss Lexi did a great job reading this book while simultaneously managing the unruly Grizz (my bear puppet pictured here wearing dinosaur pajamas).
Don’t Let the Pigeon Stay Up Late! by Mo Willems. I LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE LOVE this book! The pigeon is hilarious to me, and I have to say that this book was no disappointment. It even features Knuffle Bunny (you can’t say no to a bunny, can you?)!
After the stories, we did a short craft. This consisted of a worksheet that allowed each child to tell me something about their friend. Click below for the PDF:
After the craft, we tucked our friends into snug blankets and sleeping bags, then we sang “Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star” to lull them to sleep. Little did we know, that’s when the fun began…
To see a slideshow of the sleepover antics, go here.
Thanks to our wonderful volunteers, and to Leesburg McDonald’s for donating cups. Most of all, thanks to everyone who came! I hope you all had as much fun as I did!